As part of the commemoration of Youth Day and also in a continued effort to give back to the Eastern Cape community that has been of great support to the Vodacom Super Rugby team, the Southern Kings, together with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, hosted a coaching clinic at Brandwag High School on Thursday.
Schools from Uitenhage, Despatch and surrounding areas came out to gain some knowledge from the Southern Kings’ players and coaching staff.
“It is always great to be able to make some contribution in giving back to the community that backs you and offers their support through good and trying times; and the people of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in its entirety have been some of our biggest supporters,” Southern Kings head coach Deon Davids said.
“It is therefore only appropriate that the team visit Uitenhage not only to say ‘thank you’ but to also leave something behind, and this time that is the knowledge we have gained from taking part in a world-class competition like Vodacom Super Rugby.”
Southern Kings’ Chief Operations Officer Charl Crous also stressed the importance of reaching out to the team’s supporters and also ploughing back to the communities that play a crucial part in the development of the game of rugby in the Eastern Cape.
“The future of rugby in the Eastern Cape lies with the young players and the coaches who took part in the coaching clinic here today. It is therefore imperative, and also our duty, that we ensure that the team imparts the knowledge they have gained from their involvement in a premier competition like Vodacom Super Rugby,” Crous said.
“What the school children and the coaches learn from the coaching clinic will not only benefit them personally, but will also provide an opportunity for them to also pass on the knowledge that they learn on to others in their communities.
“It is most important for us as the Southern Kings franchise to nurture the game of rugby at grassroots level. It is also great to see that this team has created heroes and role models for the youth in the province, who themselves will be the heroes and role models who will be the pride of the region in future.”
The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, who are partners of the Southern Kings, also played a crucial supporting role in putting together the coaching clinic.
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“The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is proud to be associated with a brand like the Southern Kings, who have made the metro and the Eastern Cape province extremely proud with their performances this season,” Executive Mayor Athol Trollip said.
“It is commendable to see that our team realises the importance of ploughing back to the communities that give the Southern Kings the most support. Furthermore, it is appropriate that this coaching clinic took place on the eve of a very important date on the South African calendar – Youth Day.
“The players and coaching staff have an opportunity to inspire and give our youth in the area hope, and at the same time ensure that the development of rugby in the region does not come to a halt, thereby guaranteeing a continued production of young talent in this area.”